Final Score: Detroit 5, Anaheim 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Justin Abdelkader posted the first hat trick of
his career as Detroit ended Anaheim's home winning streak with a 5-1 win on
Anaheim came into this contest having won 13 straight at home, but thanks to
Abdelkader and 33 saves from Jimmy Howard, the Red Wings put an end to that
Abdelkader also had an assist while Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen each had a
goal and two assists for the Red Wings, who have won three of four.
"First of all I think we had a really good team game," said Abdelkader. "We
had a good game plan coming in. I was the beneficiary of some good plays and
it was one of those games where you're getting the puck and you just want to
keep shooting and trying to make plays."
Teemu Selanne had the lone goal of the game for the Ducks, who hadn't lost at
home since a 5-0 loss to Vancouver on Jan. 25. Viktor Fasth was pulled early
in the second period after giving up three goals on 11 shots, while Jonas
Hiller made 10 saves the rest of the way.
"I wish I could have played better today and given the team a chance to win,"
said Fasth. "I don't think I did that and we ended up with a loss. We know
they're a team that likes to pass the puck a lot. Even though we knew that, we
let them do it. We weren't good enough today."
These two teams will meet again in Anaheim on Sunday.
The Ducks came out strong and took a 1-0 lead at the 11:31 mark of the first
period as Kyle Palmieri skated in down the left wing and sent it over to the
right where Selanne one-timed it home for his eighth of the year.
It was all Detroit from there, though.
Just over two minutes later, Abdelkader scored his first of the night as he
skated into the Anaheim end down the right wing before making a power move to
the front and bulling the puck in.
Skating on the power play, the Red Wings made it a 2-1 game with 5:01 to play
in the first after Datsyuk tucked home the puck from the left side off a pass
from Damien Brunner.
Abdelkader made it a 3-1 game 3:06 into the second period when his wrister
from the right circle beat Fasth off a feed from Franzen.
That chased Fasth from the net, but Abdelkader was able to finish off his hat
trick against Hiller when a turnover in the Anaheim end saw him one-timer it
home for his sixth of the year.
Franzen's goal came with 4:43 to play when his centering pass hit off a Duck
and snuck past Hiller.
Selanne moved past Bryan Trottier for 15th place on the all-time points list
and now has 1,426 for his career ... Datsyuk notched the 250th goal and 500th
assist of his career in the game ... The Ducks had taken a 5-2 win in Detroit
on Feb. 15 ... Detroit went 1-for-2 on the power play while Anaheim was 0-
for-3 ... Anaheim forward Corey Perry returned to play after serving a four-
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